Prepaid mobile phone services is differ from one country to another and the cost can add up quickly unless you take some sensible precautions. Here are a few tips:
- Let your fingers do the talking. Text messaging is the often the cheapest way to stay in touch while away from home
- Use a low-cost international call service with your sim card, see our International Calling page for more information
- Make sure you are covered. No mobile network covers everywhere, click here to see the coverage information
- In the USA and Canada, you pay when somebody calls you. If you receive an international call you are charged the local domestic airtime rate
- Your account is considered inactive when you have no credit, you cannot receive calls or texts when you have no call credit
- Change the voicemail message on your home mobile number to let people know your US mobile phone number while you are away
- Add your new number to your social network profile, so people know how to get in touch
- Need to meet a friend when you get there? Give them your local mobile phone number, you even save them money, because they don't have to contact you on an international phone number
- Remember to put those all-important numbers on your sim card before you travel; your airline reconfirmation number, travel insurance company, hotels and anything else you might need
- You need an unlocked, multi-band phone to pick up signal overseas. Email us the make and model of your mobile phone at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information
- Some mobile phones are locked to a home network. Try a sim card from another network and see if it works in your mobile phone.
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